A Texas lawmaker is proposing a state law that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling mobile Internet service in disaster areas.
Bobby Guerra, a Democratic member of the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives, filed the bill last week.
"A mobile Internet service provider may not impair or degrade lawful mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared state of disaster," the bill says.
If passed, it would take effect on September 1, 2019.
rejects Verizon’s “customer support mistake” excuse for throttling
The bill, reported by NPR affiliate KUT, appears to be a response to Verizon's throttling of an "unlimited" data plan used by Santa Clara County firefighters during a wildfire response in California last year.